Photographer/digital artist Jean-Claude Louis shares his fascinating portfolio of work, and invites you to visit his website to learn more about him.
A native of Alsace, France, I am an artist living and working in the Pacific Northwest. Using traditional film, as well as digital photography, digital processing and printmaking techniques, I create images that explore themes of nature and landscape.
My creative processes and approach to my artwork are a reflection of my training as a physician and a scientist – a continuous path of exploration and experimentation.
Instead of presenting the reality of things, I find my fascination in transforming it into a subjective perspective. ‘Making’ an image rather than’ taking’ a picture – less description, more imagination; less documentation, more suggestion.
By manipulating color, light, shadows, contrast and texture, I seek to create images of beauty, and I trust that the enchantment, the poetry will follow.
I am not particular about subject matter. I shoot landscapes, seascapes, flowers, plants, reflections. Trees are a favorite motif of mine. Like silent friends, they connect man with nature, making the tree language a universal one.
My images show how glorious these noble creations look when transformed by the seasons, how resilient they are by facing stoically storms, rain, snow, and ice. Symbols of impermanence.
While a majority of my images are made from single photographs, some are created by combining multiple photographs, adding textures and backgrounds. These photographs are digitally assembled to achieve an original design.
Once the digital images are complete, a metal print is created. Metal prints represent a new art medium for presenting photographs by infusing dyes, using heat and pressure, directly into coated brushed aluminum plates.
The image is infused into the surface of the print and not resting on it. As the light plays with the sheer metal and the inks, the image will take on an almost magical luminescence.